The story of Andrew Wakefield in pictures

I’ve blogged a lot about anti-vaccine hero Andrew Wakefield over the years. The story has become long and convoluted, and to tell it takes a lot of verbiage, even by my standards (or those of Kimball Atwood). However, I’ve found a good resource that tells the tale of Andrew Wakefield and his misdeeds in a highly accessible form:


The question at the very end of the story is about as appropriate as it gets. Unfortunately, the answer to the question is: Yes.

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7 thoughts on “The story of Andrew Wakefield in pictures

  1. Rogue Medic says:

    Excellent and accurate.

    His defenders blame a conspiracy to discredit Wakefield, even though Wakefield was caught conspiring with lawyers to manufacture false evidence and Wakefield was trying to sell a competing vaccine.

    It is no surprise that the GMC found Wakefield’s behavior to be dishonest and unethical. Dishonest and unethical apply even more so to Wakefield’s defenders.

  2. long_tail__ says:

    I heard Wakefield’s story at the Science-Based Medicine section at TAM 7. Remarkable. Mr. Cunningham’s illustrated version helps bring the story to life.

    The condensed, 4-panel version would go like this:

    Man develops undisclosed financial conflicts.

    Man does unethical research, now fully discredited.

    Anti-vaccination activists unceasingly praise and defend Man.

    Critically-thinking scientists scratch their heads.

  3. wonderful! – Thanks

  4. The comic is awesome. Thanks! (I reposted it in the hope that it will go viral.)

  5. ScarySkwerl says:

    Huffington Post, a frank supporter of anti-vax and woo, had a tiny print blip this morning that the UK has revoked Wakefield’s license to practice medicine due to his unethical research practices (collecting blood samples at a birthday party etc.) not his “science”. Of course he has long since fled to the US where it is hoped that a similar professional censure might ensue. It amazes me how many of the CAM “luminaries” have lost medical licenses (check out the list of “Contributers” – sic – at the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine) or never had one to begin with. ALL of them simply “ahead of their time, threatening the establishment, and misunderstood” — what are the chances!

  6. Calli Arcale says:

    ScarySkwerl: as Wakefield is not licensed to practice medicine in the United States, an equivalent action cannot happen here. However, there would be the possibility of criminal charges for practicing medicine without a license, if they catch him at it. So far, he’s doing what other unlicensed quacks do — instead of practicing medicine, they “advise” at clinics where licensed doctors practice.

  7. DrBombay says:

    Somewhere on the Internet there must be a picture of a guy standing next to Wakefield and holding a sign that says “I’m with stupid.”

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